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A quick update for today’s post.  My marathon is tomorrow.  I am supposed to go for a very easy 2 mile jog but I am going to skip it to give my sore legs a day to rest.  This will be my third attempt at CIM.  I did it two other times but I did not finish well.  Hopefully, I did everything right and finish running.  I was planning on running with some friends from the running club who are planning on finishing in 3:40.  I decided to slow down and run with the first pace group after 4:15.  Maybe changing things up will give me a better shot at success.  I am very excited to go back and tackle a challenge that has defeated me twice.

Now that I am finished with my marathon training, I started swimming for triathlon training.  When I was taking it easy and only training for a marathon, Finis sent me a swimsense, swim monitor to review.  I had to send it back after I reviewed it.  I liked it but I was not swimming a lot to give it a really good review.  I started swimming a few weeks ago, when I started to taper for the marathon.  I really missed the swimsense.  It is not exact but it is usually off by 25 yards over the course of a mile.  When I am out for a swim, I don’t notice the difference between 37 and 38 laps.  I was considering buying one from Amazon for about $200.  This morning, I found they sent the Swimsense back!  Christmas came early.  I don’t have “consider” anymore.  I have “mine” back.  Thanks Finis.

Wish me well for the marathon.

4 Comments so far »

  1. by Claudine, on December 3 2011 @ 11:54 am


    Hi Ted, I met you at the Quarry Turkey run with my husband Danny and mentioned that I read your blog! Good luck at CIM, and look forward to a future post where you report that you achieved your goals and more! Thanks again for the informative blogs – very helpful for this first-time newbie runner! 🙂 I’m considering CIM for my fist-ever marathon sometime next year… not sure yet. For now and the rest of the year I’ll be running halfs, I think. Also thinking about a triathlon someday, so looking forward to your posts about that. 🙂 Cheers and good luck again!

  2. by Kathy, on December 7 2011 @ 8:23 am


    Hi Ted!
    Do you have a training program for a full marathon? I saw you had one for a half. Maybe I will do one in the late spring or early summer 2012. I think I have a pretty good base to start from.


  3. by Ted Hoffman, on December 7 2011 @ 5:37 pm


    @ Kathy – Here is the plan I used for CIM. It is a 3 month plan starting from the half marathon. I assume you can already run 13 miles so this should be good for you. It is located on the links on the right side of the page. I have a 4 month plan someplace that I will dig up and post.

  4. by Ted Hoffman, on December 7 2011 @ 5:38 pm


    @ Claudine – After my troubles this year, I should be back again next year to settle my score with the demons from this year.

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